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Welcome to the Meetup page for http://www.kingdomguides.co.uk An outdoors meetup group with a difference.

Murray Wilson has over 30 years experience of hill walking, Munro bagging, hiking, trekking, scrambling, backpacking and mountaineering in the United Kingdom. Bitten by the outdoors bug as a Boy Scout, I have a real passion for the wild lands of Scotland. A member of the Mountain Training Association, fully qualified Mountain Leader, outdoor emergency First Aid instructor, holder of a Level 3 Award in Education and Training, NNAS accredited navigation instructor, Mountain Safety Advisor to the BBC, Duke of Edinburgh Award accredited Supervisor and Assessor, and fully insured to give you peace of mind. I specialise in long distance, self sufficient backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas of Scotland. These can be multi-day trips on recognised trails, such as the West Highland Way, the Skye Trail or a more random collection of drove roads, deerstalker tracks, coffin routes or old rights of way. I'm here to help you learn to navigate, tackle that challenging route, develop your camp craft, teach you new skills and above all, to have fun and a great day in the hills.

As this is a full-time profession, I charge a fee for provision of these services, please book your trip at my website, kingdomguides.co.uk (http://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/)

Get in touch and enjoy a great day on the hill with an opportunity to learn and practise new skills and most importantly, have some fun.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg arete

Ben Nevis visitor centre

Saturday 20th July 2019 at 0830. A Level 3 walk with some Grade 1 scrambling, a distance of 17k, taking between 8 and 10 hours to complete. A classic ascent of the Ben. The highest mountain in the UK deserves everyone to have a go at ascending it at least once and for the hillwalker, this is one of the better routes. We start on good tracks before beginning the ascent of Carn Beag Dearg across a short section of boggy ground. It's a steady climb up onto Carn Mor Dearg from here and weather permitting, the views are stunning, both of Loch Linnhe behind and the North Face of Ben Nevis ahead. It can take a good three hours to reach the summit of Carn Mor Dearg and lunch is often taken on this magnificent viewpoint. The arete itself is fairly wide and there are relatively few sections where hands may be needed to pass large boulders or other rock features. Before you know it, you'll be heading up the boulder field and popping out onto the summit of the UK's highest. This is a fantastic day, highly recommended. We will meet at 0830 in front of the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF before driving round to our start point at Torlundy. Book your place now at https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/cmd Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 8) There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt. If you're booking into the SYHA premises in Glen Nevis, use my code King-19 for 10% discount. Why not make a weekend of it and join us on Sunday for The Grey Corries - https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/grey-corries

The Grey Corries

Spean Bridge Woolen Mill

Sunday 21st July 2019. Meeting at 0830 at the car park to the rear of the Spean Bridge Woolen Mill, PH34 4EP before driving out to the start of the walk which is up a rough track from Corriechoille Farm. This is a level 3 walk, 21km long and will take between 8 and 10 hours to complete. After leaving the vehicles in the layby on the forestry track, we will start with the steep climb up to Stob Choire Claurigh with it's short scramble onto the summit before traversing the ridge south west taking in Stob Coire an Laoigh then making the short crossing to Stob Coire Easain. There's very little ascent\descent when up on the ridge and it's really just a case of enjoying the views and pacing yourself for the distance. From Stob Coire Easain it's out and back to the outlier Sgurr Choinnich Mor, which has a relatively low bealach and steep sides meaning some hands on my be needed, before dropping off the ridge into the trees and returning to the car. Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 8) Book your place now at https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/grey-corries There are a number of B&B's and a Hotel in Spean Bridge or a large variety of accommodation in nearby Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt to Fort William. If you're booking into the SYHA premises in Glen Nevis, use my code King-19 for 10% discount. Why not make a weekend of it and join us on Saturday for Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg arete - https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/cmd

Scramble the iconic Aonach Eagach ridge, Glencoe

Clachaig Inn

Friday 26th July 2019. This is a level 4 walk with sustained, exposed, Grade 2 scrambling across about 1 km of ridge. The entire day will take between 7 and 10 hours to complete. Before tackling this route, it is recommended that you have experience of other ridge walks and be comfortable with exposure. Possibly the narrowest ridge on the UK mainland and definitely a day to remember traversing high above Glen Coe on the crazy pinnacles. The two Munros of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg are taken in en-route. We will meet at 0830 at the car park of the Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, PH49 4HX before placing a vehicle at the finish point and then driving to the start at Allt-na-Ruigh In the event of inclement weather where safety is compromised, an alternative scramble in Glen Coe will be substituted. There are a large variety of accommodation options available in nearby Glencoe with the www.clachaig.com nearby www.redsquirrelcampsite.co.uk as well as B7B's, private Hostel www.glencoehostel.co.uk and the SYHA where you can use my code King-19 for 10% discount. Cost of this days scrambling is £75 per person (maximum group size 3) Places are limited so book early on my website at https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/aonach

Buachaille Etive Mor

Glencoe Mountain Resort

Saturday 27th July[masked] meeting at 0830 in the car park of the Glencoe Ski Centre PH49 4HZ before getting into just two or three cars and driving to the start point in a layby by the A82. This is a level 3 walk with steep scree and boulders to contend with on the ascent. Total distance is about 13k (8 miles) and I'd expect to be out for between 6 - 8 hours. Buachaille Etive Mor has to be one of the most photographed mountains in Scotland, seen from the A82 as you approach Glen Coe, it looks magnificent and how a proper mountain should look! Our day begins at the layby at Altnafeadh, opposite the mountain on the main A82 road. There are two Munros on the Buachaille, Stob Dearg at 1022m and Stob na Broige at 956m and we will traverse the ridge taking in both summits. The views from the top are breathtaking in all directions. An iconic mountain that everyone should have on their list. Previous clients have stayed at the SYHA in Glencoe. If choosing to reside there, remember and give them my discount code King-19 for 10% off. There are B&B's and Hotels in the village of Glencoe also which are close to the start of the walk. Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 10) Book your place now on my website at https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/buachaille-etive-mor Why not make a weekend of it and combine this trip with Sunday's as well https://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/bidean-nam-bian-hidden-valley

Past events (252)

NNAS Bronze navigation award

Falkland car park

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